2019 UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels
ImageTexT in Motion: Animation and Comics

On April 12th-14th, 2019, UF will be hosting its 16th annual Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, “ImageText in Motion: Animation and Comics” in Gainesville, Florida.

Call For Papers

2019 Call For Papers

Travel

Air Travel

We recommend flying into Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV). Airports close to Gainesville are Jacksonville International (JAX) and Orlando International (MCO).

Gainesville has Uber. Several taxicab services are also available:

  • Gator Taxi Cab (352) 336-8484
  • Luxury Cab: 352-519-1177
  • Safety Cab: 352-372-1444 and 352-372-1445

Getting Around Campus

Here is a link to the UF Campus Map.

Conference Organizers

  • Chief Organizer– Megan Fowler, President, Graduate Comics Organization. Email: mjfowler@ufl.edu
  • Co-organizer– Kevin Cooley, Vice President, Graduate Comics Organization. Email: kevin.cooley@ufl.edu
  • Co-organizer– Jaquelin Elliott, Treasurer, Graduate Comics Organization. Email: jpaigee@ufl.edu
  • Co-organizer– Ayanni C. Hanna, Secretary, Graduate Comics Organization. Email: ayanni.hanna@ufl.edu

Organization Committee

  • Emily Faith Brooks
  • Spencer Chalifour
  • Madeline Gangnes
  • E Jackson
  • Corrine Matthews
  • Fiona Stewart-Taylor

2017 UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels
“Comics Remixed”

On April 7th-9th, 2017, UF will be hosting its 14th annual Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, “Comics Remixed: Adaptation and Graphic Narrative” in Gainesville, Florida.

Call For Papers

2017 Call For Papers

Schedule

Schedule of Panel and Presentations for “Comics Remixed”

Poster!

Downloadable pdf of the Conference Poster

Keynote Speakers

Nina Caputo

Nina Caputo is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Caputo is a scholar of medieval Jewish history and interfaith relations in medieval Europe. She has been the recipient of a Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Penn Humanities Center and the Dorset Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies during the 2013-2014 academic year. Caputo’s first book, Nahmanides in Medieval Catalonia: History, Community, Messianism (2007), explores the history of encounters between Jewish and Christian interpretations of history and redemption. More recently, she published a graphic history of the Barcelona Disputation, Debating Truth: The Barcelona Disputation of 1263 and co-edited Faithful Narratives: Historians, Religion, and the Challenge of Objectivity (Cornell University Press, 2014) with Dr Andrea Sterk. She is currently working on a book that uses Petrus Alfonsi to explore the figure of the convert and conversion in the Christian middle ages and she is co-editing with Mitchell Hart On the Word of a Jew: Religion, Reliability, and the Dynamics of Trust (under contract, Indiana University Press).

Russ Kick

Russ Kick is a writer, anthologist, and researcher. He is the editor of the three-volume, 1600-page anthology The Graphic Canon: The World’s Greatest Literature as Comics and Visuals, which collects comics adaptations of literary works and features creators like R. Crumb, Will Eisner, Molly Crabapple, and Kim Deitch. He is also editor of the follow-up volume, The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature. In addition to his work on The Graphic Canon, Kick is the author of the bestselling anthologies You Are Being Lied To and Everything You Know is Wrong, which have sold over half a million copies. He is also the founder and editor of the website The Memory Hole, which publishes and archives material in danger of being lost or hard to find (and can currently be accessed at thememoryhole2.org). The New York Times has dubbed Kick “an information archaeologist,” Details magazine described Kick as “a Renaissance man,” and Utne Readernamed him one of its “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” He most recently edited the collection Flash Wisdom: A Curated Collection of Mind-Blowing, Perspective-Changing Quotes. For more information on his various projects, visit russkick.com.

Matt Kish

Matt Kish is a self-taught artist and librarian who lives in southwest Ohio. In 2009, Kish decided to create one illustration per day for every page of the novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, which he originally posted on a blog. Experimenting with mixed media on found paper with a variety of styles and techniques, Kish completed the project after 543 days of work, beating his goal by nine days. A total of 552 images were subsequently published as Moby-Dick in Pictures by Tin House Books in 2011. In 2012, Kish illustrated another classic novel, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, also published by Tin House. He returned to Moby-Dick after several years, and created a new body of work that was on display in 2016 at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio as part of a two-person exhibit entitled “Chasing The Whale and Other Endless Pursuits: Matt Kish and Robert Del Tredici.” He has done illustration work for small presses, magazines, and record albums, and continues to make art while working as a full-time librarian at a large metropolitan public library. Examples of his work can be seen at matt-kish.com.

Sponsors

  • The Rose and David Dortort Foundation
  • The English Department at the University of Florida
  • Center for European Studies
  • Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere
  • ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies
  • CLASSC
  • UF Student Government
  • The Sequential Artists Workshop
  • Xerographic Copy Center

Travel

Air Travel

We recommend flying into Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV). Airports close to Gainesville are Jacksonville International (JAX) and Orlando International (MCO).

Gainesville has Uber. Several taxicab services are also available:

  • Gator Taxi Cab (352) 336-8484
  • Luxury Cab: 352-519-1177
  • Safety Cab: 352-372-1444 and 352-372-1445

Getting Around Campus

Here is a link to the UF Campus Map.

Conference Organizers

  • Chief Organizer–Spencer Chalifour, President, Graduate Comics Organization. Email: schalifour@ufl.edu
  • Co-organizer– Madeline Gangnes, Vice President, Graduate Comics Organization. Email: mbgangnes@ufl.edu

Organization Committee

  • Charles Acheson
  • Claudia Acosta (intern Fall 2016)
  • Najwa Al-tabaa
  • Emily Brooks
  • Kevin Cooley
  • Jason Crider
  • Jaquelin Elliott
  • Megan Fowler
  • Ashley Manchester
  • Chris Smith
  • Kayley Thomas

2018 UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels
ImageTech: Comics and Materiality

On April 6th-8th, 2018, UF will be hosting its 15th annual Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, “ImageTech: Comics and Materiality” in Gainesville, Florida.

Call For Papers

2018 Call For Papers

Schedule

Schedule of Panel and Presentations for “ImageTech”

Poster!

Downloadable pdf of the Conference Poster

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Anastasia Salter

Anastasia Salter is an assistant professor of digital media at the University of Central Florida. She is the author of Toxic Geek Masculinity in Media(Palgrave Macmillan 2017, coauthored with Bridget Blodgett), Jane Jensen: Gabriel Knight, Adventure Games, Hidden Objects (Bloomsbury 2017), What is Your Quest? From Adventure Games to Interactive Books(University of Iowa Press, 2014), and Flash: Building the Interactive Web(MIT Press, 2014, coauthored with John Murray). Her recent collaborations include the editorial team of the Electronic Literature Collection Volume 3(2016), a curated international collection of electronic literature, and co-editing the “Comics as Scholarship” experimental issue for Digital Humanities Quarterly (2015). Her work has appeared in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, The Journal of Popular Culture, Electronic Book Review, Transformative Works and Cultures, and several other venues. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the Electronic Literature Organization and the HASTAC Steering Committee, and previously served on the board and as president of the North American Simulation and Gaming Association.

Dr. Mita Mahato

In addition to being an Associate Professor of English at the University of Puget Sound, Mita Mahato is a cut paper, collage, and comics artist whose work explores the transformative capacities of found and handmade papers. Using collage and paper-making techniques, she builds multivalent images and stories that center on issues related to loss-including loss of life, identity, habitat, and species. A selection of her poetry comics, collectively titled In Between, was published by Pleiades Press in 2017, and her mini comics have been featured in Drunken Boat, Seattle Weekly, and Mutha Magazine. Her book “Sea” was recognized by Cartoonists NW as 2015’s “best comic book” and her comics art as been exhibited in galleries across the country. In 2017, she served as the first Artist in Residence at the School of Medicine at UC Riverside and, this summer, she will be continuing her work in Graphic Medicine by designing a workshop-based comics class for City of Hope cancer hospital. She serves on the board for the comics organization Short Run Seattle, as well as on the steering committee for Graphic Medicine.

Dr. Aaron Kashtan

Aaron Kashtan is a Lecturer in the University Writing Program at UNCC Charlotte. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and has previously taught at Georgia Tech and Miami (OH). His primary research interests are comics, materiality, and multimodal rhetoric. His first book, Between Pen and Pixel: Comics, Materiality, and the Book of the Future, will be published in April 2018 by Ohio State University Press, and his work has appeared in venues such as Digital Humanities Quarterly and Studies in the Novel. His next book project will focus on the diversification of comics audiences.

Sponsors

  • The Rose and David Dortort Foundation
  • The English Department at the University of Florida
  • Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere
  • ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies
  • CLASSC
  • UF Student Government
  • The Sequential Artists Workshop
  • Xerographic Copy Center

Travel

Air Travel

We recommend flying into Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV). Airports close to Gainesville are Jacksonville International (JAX) and Orlando International (MCO).

Gainesville has Uber. Several taxi cab services are also available:

  • Gator Taxi Cab (352) 336-8484
  • Luxury Cab: 352-519-1177
  • Safety Cab: 352-372-1444 and 352-372-1445

Getting Around Campus

Here is a link to the UF Campus Map.

UF campus map

Conference Organizers

  • Chief Organizer– Madeline Gangnes, President, Graduate Comics Organization. Email: mbgangnes@ufl.edu
  • Co-organizer– Megan Fowler, Vice President, Graduate Comics Organization. Email: mjfowler@ufl.edu

Organization Committee

  • Chris Smith
  • Jaquelin Elliott
  • Ayanni Hanna
  • Fiona Stewart-Taylor
  • Claudia Acosta
  • Corrine Matthews
  • Kevin Cooley
  • Spencer Chalifour
  • Emily Faith Brooks
  • Kayley Thomas
  • Charles Acheson